The New Jewish Culture Fellowship

The application is now closed for the 2019/2020 cohort of the NJCF. Applicants will be notified in July about the status of their applications.

Since its inception in 2003, Brooklyn Jews has sought to expand the Jewish conversation by way of ritual, learning, activism, and culture. These days, when it feels like only a few voices direct American Jewish discourse, the need for expansive, creative, and critical dialogue is more necessary than ever. With that in mind, the New Jewish Culture Fellowship is a project of Brooklyn Jews designed to amplify and connect local artists who make risk-taking Jewish art and culture.

We seek 6 Brooklyn-based emerging artists for the September 2019-May 2020 season. Applicants will propose a new or continuing project with Jewish themes that would benefit from sustained learning, accountability, and feedback. Fellows will meet for an inaugural overnight retreat in early September, followed by monthly group gatherings and chevruta (partner) workshop sessions.

Each fellow will get to present their work in a public event during the season, and will receive a stipend of $4,000 to support the development of their project.

Eligibility and Expectations

Fellows will:

  • Reside in Brooklyn from time of application through (at least) May 2020

  • Be emerging Jewish artists: early enough in their careers so as to benefit from the resources of this fellowship, but also serious enough about their practice to be working in their fields

  • Attend a one-night retreat, September 7-8, 2019

  • Attend 2-hour monthly meetings that will take place on Wednesday evenings (7-9 pm) from September to May, and separate chevruta (partner) sessions to be coordinated by fellows

  • Complete generative and/or scholarly assignments between meetings

  • Produce an event of their own work during the course of the fellowship season

More detailed information about expectations and program will be provided to selected applicants.  

No level of fluency in Jewish language, text, or tradition is required. When we say “Jewish,” we mean Jews of all backgrounds, and when we say “artists,” we mean creators in all artistic fields (writers, visual artists, musicians, etc.). The fellowship will approach questions through cultural, intellectual, political, and artistic Jewish lenses. If you’re an artist who has never—or hasn’t recently—felt that there was a Jewish space in which you could create and share your work, then this fellowship might be right for you.

The New Jewish Culture Fellowship was founded and is directed by Rabbi Matt Green and Maia Ipp. Matt Green is the director of Brooklyn Jews and assistant rabbi of Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope. He received rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and is the founder of Grindr Shabbat. Maia Ipp is a writer and Editor at Large at the historic leftist magazine Jewish Currents. She was Associate Director of the creative writing program at San Francisco School of the Arts for six years, and co-founded Festivalt, an avant-garde Jewish arts festival in Krakow, Poland.  

Questions? Email culture@brooklynjews.com for more information.

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